Petrochemistry & Refining

Petrochemicals & RefiningImproving the efficiency of refineries through cleaner processes and products that improve operations and reduce emissions

Changing feedstocks, high energy costs, and ever-increasing environmental regulation  have  dramatically changed  refinery and  chemical monomer plant operations.

Environmental pressures are particularly acute in this sector given the dwindling supplies of natural reserves and the effects of climate change. Increasingly severe environmental protection laws dictate cleaner refining processes and fuels, coupled with lower emission levels. This is particularly challenging given the dwindling quality of crude oil reserves, as evidenced in rising sulfur levels.

In addition, globalization is raising the efficiency bar. Capital investment constraints are encouraging refinery operators to look for alternative ways of increasing efficiency, reducing bottlenecks and capitalizing on lower-grade crude. Industrial gases can play a vital role in meeting these challenges.

Helping Hands

Refineries and chemical processing plants  use a wide variety of gases in processing:

  • Nitrogen – used for blanketing , inerting, mixing and pressure transfer

  • Oxygen – For water treatment, and process oxygen enrichment , most notably in Claus, oxidations and FCC processes

  • Hydrogen- For desulfurization, hydrogenations and hydrocracking

  • Carbon Dioxide- for pH control and water treatment

  • Specialty Gases- for testing, compliance, monitoring and analytical needs

Our industrial and specialty gases are available in cylinder or bulk form. You may also have the option of pipeline delivery or on-site production for larger volumes. For your peace of mind, our trained experts can also manage your gas installation. Our expertise will bring you quality and environmental benefits in the following areas in particular: